The use of imaging techniques in understanding lower urinary tract (dys)function

Yves Deruyver, Lukman Hakim, Jan Franken, Dirk De Ridder

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The ability to store urine in the bladder and to void at an appropriate time depends on several complex mechanisms in the lower urinary tract (LUT) and its neural control. Normal LUT function requires coordination of the urinary bladder, urethra, pelvic floor, efferent and afferent neurons and specific spinal cord and brain areas. These structures can be visualised using different imaging modalities, such as ultrasound, X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging. The supraspinal neural control of the LUT can be studied using functional brain imaging. During the last two decades, the many technological improvements of these imaging techniques have increased our knowledge of voiding dysfunction. Here, we review the different imaging modalities of the LUT and its neural control and discuss their importance for diagnosing and understanding voiding dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalAutonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Brain bladder control
  • Cystography
  • Lower urinary tract dysfunction
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pet
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinary bladder
  • fMRI


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